Omaha Public Radio News
12:41 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

DCHD, Live Well Omaha land a Community Transformation grant

Omaha, NE – The Douglas County Health Department and Live Well Omaha hope a new grant will help them expand programs that encourage a healthy lifestyle.

DCHD received a $510,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grants focus on health and wellness, prevention, and tobacco-free living.

Mary Balluff, Chief of Community Health and Nutrition Services for the Health Department, says DCHD and Live Well Omaha have found success with their prevention and wellness initiatives such as changes to the transportation master plan. Balluff says 370 businesses are involved in the Partners for a Healthy City program.

She says the grant will be used for two new initiatives. One is a plan for smoke-free apartment living. Balluff says the organizations also want to work with doctors on helping to craft wellness and prevention programs.